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Our aim is to claim the kabaddi trophy: Jalil

  • Md Altafur Rahman
  • 20th September, 2017 12:00:00 AM
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Bangladesh National Kabaddi Team flew off to Nepal on Tuesday to participate in the four-nation ‘International Friendship Men’s Kabbadi Tournament’ staring from September 21 in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu.


The 15-member Bangladesh team comprises of twelve players and three officials. The three other participating countries are Asian powerhouse India, emerging force Sri Lanka and hosts Nepal.


Kabaddi is the national sport of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Kabaddi team have many international achievements.


Bangladesh won the second runners-up title in the World Cup in 2007 which was held in India. They earned silver medal in the Asian Games in 1990, 1994 and 2002 respectively. In 2016, Bangladesh achieved bronze medal in the South Asian Games.


Abdul Jalil, coach of Bangladesh National Kabaddi Team, is keeping his eyes on the title this year.


He started his career as a player for Bangladesh National Kabaddi Team debuting in 1988 South Asian Games. He achieved silver medal on that tournament.


Later, he won silver in 1990 and 1995. His career as a Kabaddi player for national squad ended in 1995.


He started his coaching career from the same year he retired. Under his guidance and mentoring, Bangladesh claimed the second runners-up title in the Kabaddi World Cup in 2007.


In an exclusive interview with the Daily Sun, Abdul Jalil talked elaborately about his target in the four-nation international tournament, team’s performance recently, level of confidence, coaching and playing career, achievements, his future dreams, future of Bangladesh kabaddi, potentials, problems, barriers and many more.


“Our Kabaddi team did not participate in any international matches for a long period. Through this tournament, our players will get a boost. Our target is to clinch the trophy,” Bangladesh coach Abdul Jalil said.


The experienced name warned that there will be a lot of competition in the meet.


“India always are a strong team, Sri Lanka previously beat us in the SAF Games and Nepal will be enjoying the home advantage,” he added.


He believes Bangladesh Kabaddi will regain its long lost popularity very soon.


He said, “Since my childhood, I have seen Bangladesh Kabaddi in strong position. Kabaddi was very popular in rural areas. It’s unfortunate that its popularity is decreasing day by day.”


“My dream is to take kabaddi to its earlier fame as soon as possible. I am trying to build a strong team which will lead us internationally.”


He added that he wants to reach the peak of kabaddi with an international level of playing so that people will show respect.


Jalil urges to the people from different backgrounds that they should come forward and support national kabaddi.


He also spoke about international kabaddi rankings. Bangladesh were in the second place among the Asian and South Asian countries in the 90s era. But in recent times, Bangladesh are in the second last place, just ahead of Nepal.


Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation cannot build a professional team without players from Bangladesh Army, Navy, Police and many more. Jalil opines that lack of commitment is the main barrier for the flourishing of Bangladesh kabaddi.


 “We have no professional team yet. We are building our national team by including players from defence forces such as Bangladesh Army, Navy and Police.”  


“Their service is their main concern. They take it as their second option. I think they have a lack of commitment in the matches.”


He insisted that lack of financial supports and equipments are obstacles in the way of development of Kabaddi in the country.


“If the government and sponsors support us more, kabaddi is certain to establish a strong position within a very short time– both nationally and internationally.”


He urged that government and private organisations should offer jobs for those who are doing well in the events.


“Our young talents will be encouraged to engage themselves with the game if they have a better future,” he concluded.